State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
SCF, formerly known as Manatee Community College, became a "state" college in 2009 and offered its first four-year workforce degree, a bachelor of science in nursing, in addition to its emphasis on two-year degrees. It changed its name to better reflect its place in the larger community of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The main campus is located in Bradenton, with branches in Lakewood Ranch and Venice. It also operates a collegiate charter school, where high school students can simultaneously work toward an Associate in Art degree. More than 36,000 total students attend annually.
SCF is guided by Dr. Lars A. Hafner, who took over in 2008 as the college's fifth president. The school boasts five varsity athletics programs - women's softball, tennis and volleyball; men's basketball and baseball - who are nicknamed the Manatees in a nod to its previous encarnation as Manatee Community College.
- Founding Date: 1957
- Number of students: 36,000
- Public/Private: Public
- Accreditation/licenses: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Parking: Free lot
- Degrees: Undergraduate
- Campus housing: No
- Sports conference: Suncoast Conference
- Sports teams: Baseball, softball, women's volleyball, women's tennis, men's basketball
- Sports facilities: Robert C. Wynn Field (baseball), SCF Softball Field and Hal Chasey Gymnasium